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Israeli government exposed as diplomatic pressure rises

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 21, 2015

The new Netanyahu government does not yet have a foreign minister but it is already facing a series of profound diplomatic challenges.

Last week, the P5+1 talks between Iran and the world powers continued under a low profile - a reminder that the one issue that has done more than any other to cloud the relationship between Jerusalem and Washington is still there.

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Bus segregation move dissolves into farce

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 21, 2015

A directive to separate Israelis and Palestinians travelling on buses to the West Bank was implemented on Tuesday and then suspended the next morning following a public outcry.

The directive, ordered by Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon, was the result of pressure from settler groups to prevent Palestinian day-workers returning home on buses used by Israelis.

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Another Lebanon war is inevitable - and Israel is preparing

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 19, 2015

On the face of it, a third major war between Israel and Hizbollah seems implausible right now.

Israel is not eager for another summer like the last one. For 50 days, people across the country were sent scurrying to bomb shelters as Hamas launched missiles from Gaza.

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Dig starts for Tel Aviv Tube

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 14, 2015

The preliminary engineering works on Tel Aviv's new underground rail system began on Sunday.

The first stage of the Red Line is to have seven stations in southern and central Tel Aviv and neighbouring Ramat Gan, and is scheduled to start operating in 2021.

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Israel rethink on Armenia genocide?

May 14, 2015

Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein has called on the Israeli government to formally recognise the Armenian genocide.

"It is no secret that Israel has taken an ambivalent position about the genocide," Mr Edelstein said, calling Israel's reaction "too hesitant and too restrained… Israel must re-evaluate the criteria for its position, since none of us can change the history".

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Keep calm and carry the motion: Israelis in UK-style debate

By Nathan Jeffay, May 14, 2015

British-style debating for teenagers landed in Israel on Tuesday, when the London-based Institute of Ideas took its Debating Matters competition to Tel Aviv.

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The (spider) kids get so hungry that they eat mum

By Nathan Jeffay, May 14, 2015

Even Jewish mothers cannot match the Stegodyphus lineatus when it comes to feeding the children.

Israeli scientists have just discovered that this spider, found in the Negev desert, dissolves its own body and turns the resulting liquid into food for its young.

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Paris mayor: Jewish life is vibrant here

By Nathan Jeffay, May 14, 2015

With her city's Jews still reeling after the Hyper Cacher supermarket murders in January, the Mayor of Paris gave an impassioned speech in Jerusalem this week on her determination to fight antisemitism.

Anne Hidalgo did not limit herself to general statements, but also addressed the thorny topic of whether opposition to Israel is sometimes used to obscure Jew-hatred.

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Israeli coalition collapse averted

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 14, 2015

Seven weeks since the elections, on Wednesday afternoon, the Knesset removed the final obstacle to Benjamin Netanyahu's fourth government when it narrowly passed an amendment that allowed him to appoint more than 18 ministers to his new cabinet.

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New Israeli coalition heading for diplomatic storm

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 11, 2015

Even before the new government in Israel has been sworn in, it is already on a collision course with the international community and its own judiciary on a range of issues.

The first obstacle that could derail the coalition is the question of settlement-building.

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